Automata by Dug North at Cambridge Mini Maker Faire

Dug North will be showing his amazing automata at this Friday’s Cambridge Mini Maker Faire. You can meet Dug and speak with him about his work, including many of the mechanical pieces shown in the video above.

Dug North creates contemporary automata — sculptures made primarily of wood that employ a hand-cranked mechanism to animate a scene or creature.  His work centers around themes that are whimsical or fanciful. Dug particularly enjoys animating quirky wooden monsters and creating magic-themed automata that perform illusions. He is regularly sought out for commissions and provides creative services and expert advice on all aspects of automata to a wide range of interested parties. In addition to founding one of the largest and longest-running blogs on automata, he writes extensively on the subject for other outlets such as the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre blog and Applied Kinetic Arts. His work and writing also appear in print for MAKE, Woodcraft, other magazines, and books. Most recently he was featured in a documentary on the history of automata included on the Blu-ray release of the movie Hugo.

Follow Dug’s work on his site and on The Automata / Automaton Blog. Dug recently shared his tips for using a Dremel on MAKE.

Admission to the Cambridge Mini Maker Faire is free. Come join us to meet great people and see amazing projects from noon to 4pm on Friday, April 20th at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.  The CMMF is sponsored by Artisan’s Asylum, and is timed to coincide with the Cambridge Science Festival Carnival.

Getting there: The Cambridge Mini Maker Faire is held at 449 Broadway, site of the main branch of the Cambridge Public Library, and Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. The Cambridge Science Festival site has a map of the area with details on other events at the Carnival. Limited parking is available beneath the Cambridge Public Library, and under the tennis courts on Ellery Street.


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